Good News: Things to smile about this week

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By Nanci Dixon
In the midst of an abundance of bad news – rising COVID numbers, unemployment, evictions, homelessness and hunger – some good news stories still bubble to the surface.

We find ourselves mostly posting bad, sad or frustrating news in our Sunday newsletter. It’s not our fault, of course, but we want to make sure you come here and smile too. That’s why we’re introducing our “Good News” column.

“Looking at life from a different perspective makes you realize that it’s not the deer that is crossing the road, rather it’s the road that is crossing the forest.” —Muhammad Ali

This feel-good story is sweeping the internet and for good reason. Two years ago, Utah built a wildlife bridge over 1-80 to reduce the number of traffic accidents involving wild animals. They had thought it would take many years for animals to actually use the bridge and safely cross over 1-80, but they are delighted that within only two years the bridge has become a popular wildlife corridor saving both human and animal lives. Click to play the video below for a look at all the wildlife crossing. Moose, deer and bears, oh my!

Other places such as Canada, Washington and California have built, or are building, wildlife bridges too.

Who is a penguin’s favorite relative? Aunt Arctica

Meet Dindim the penguin. He was saved by a fisherman off the coast of Brazil and they have formed a bond that travels the seas. Watch the heart-warming video below.

“Life is like a Ferris wheel. One minute you’re on top, the next you’re at the bottom. Just stay in your seat, enjoy the ride, and hang on until you reach the top again.”  —Susan Gale

Restaurant dining has become restrictive, if not impossible, in much of the United States. But a Hungarian restaurant in Budapest has found a solution to COVID restrictions and teamed up with a Ferris wheel company to provide Michelin-starred cuisine and a very beautiful socially distanced view of the city. How neat is that!

 

Winter is snow much fun!

And finally, a very special gift to Mairead, a 12-year-old dog with severe, end-of-life medical conditions. Mairead’s owner posted on Facebook that she was looking for a place where Mairead could play in the snow for what could be her last time. The Town of Bancroft, Ontario, quickly responded that they had snow but said she must “hurry” because it was warming up. Two hours later Mairead was rolling happily in the snow.

Mairead the dog
Photo Credit: Town of Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

Hear a “Good News” story? Please use the form below to tell us about it. Include a website or link to a video. Thanks!

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BadWolfe
4 months ago

What a perfect addition to RV Travel. Thank you. Especially liked Din Din.

Connie VH
4 months ago

I love this feature! (I mean, come on! Who wouldn’t??!) We all need to see/read happy things like these stories…. even in good times.

Could I request individual social media links in each story/video, so we can send them out….separately…to our various non-RV/travel contacts? Is that possible?

Marty
4 months ago

There’s a overpass that was built for animals near Catalina State Park in Tucson. It seems to be used by them.

LBaggs
4 months ago

Awesome video of bridge crossing.
San Antonio TX has just completed and opened the Phil Harberger wildlife/pedestrian crossing overpass at Wurzbach Parkway and HWY 281. It would be VERY interesting to capture the wildlife that travels through this area.

wally
4 months ago

Love the idea of a good news feature. We need more positive thoughts in a difficult time.

Mike Albert
4 months ago

Thanks for the lift and escape Nanci. Would like to see more of these stories !
Be safe!

Bill Coady
4 months ago

One more question/comment: Do you folks know if the similar overpass over I-90 east of Seattle and east of Snoqualmie Pass is having similar success? It is fairly new so may not have established patterns yet. Interesting to know.

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4 months ago
Reply to  Bill Coady

Here’s my response to you under your similar question in the newsletter:
Hi, Bill. I just quickly looked this up online and can’t find any current statistics, but in a report in Conservation Northwest in February 2020, it was reported that “In 2019, coyotes used the new wildlife bridges east of Snoqualmie Pass to safely cross under and over the busy freeway more than 205 times, with 1,928 crossings by mule deer, 71 by elk, and hundreds more by various smaller mammals ranging from beavers to bobcats.” Those numbers included this overpass and some underpasses in the same area. The numbers were expected to increase for the overpass as vegetation was planted nearby. Thanks for asking. Take care. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Helen Preston
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill Coady

Good to know the I-90 wildlife overpass is successful, our family travels this route frequently.

Bill Coady
4 months ago

Great stuff! Thanks for making my Sunday morning a smilin’ one. Keep up the good work. Cheers!

Bill F
4 months ago

Ditto Bob H. Already my day is better. Thanks Nanci.

Kimberly
4 months ago

Thank you! Good news is always appreciated! We all need something to bring a smile in these unsettling times.

Bob H
4 months ago

This is a great idea. I definitely appreciate the opportunity to read good, positive stories. Thank you very much!

Tom
4 months ago

Great! Just the uplifting we need. Bridge video was very interesting, better than a zoo.